Broadband Providers available in Bristol include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and Vodafone. Bristol's fastest provider is Spectrum Internet, with a median speed of 218 Mbps. The most popular provider in Bristol is Virgin Media. The average broadband speed in Bristol in 2022 is 79 Mbps, and the median speed locally is 42 Mbps.
Bristol has the best fibre access out of all major cities in the South West, and is among the 50 worst-off major cities in terms of fibre access across the UK as a whole. Our analysis of Ofcom coverage data shows that Gigabit fibre is available to 52% of residents. UltraFast 300+ Mbps is available to 93% of residents, while SuperFast 30+ Mbps broadband is available to 98% of Bristol's households.
Despite poor broadband infrastructure, we see high speed test averages in Bristol postcodes like BS5, BS4, BS3, BS9, and BS6. Over the past year, we’ve recorded a 42.28 Mbps median internet speed in Bristol, which is 15% above the United Kingdom national median of 37 Mbps.
Bristol increased access to Gigabit speeds by 11 percentage points in the past year. The buildout rate is also better than neighbouring major cities like Bath (gained 0.75 percentate points) and Plymouth (gained 0.47 percentate points).
We rank each provider relative to all providers in The United Kingdom based on their median download and upload speeds, measured round trip time latencies, and the percentage of speeds tests that exceed 50 Mbps.
Customer ratings are based on local reviews matched to Bristol IP addresses. Providers can be scored on a range of 1 to 10, and ranked relative to all providers in The United Kingdom.
Median Speed Test Result
The median is the middle result in the range of tests we measured for each provider in Bristol in the past year. Median speeds provide a better comparison than raw averages because they control for the longtail of tests related to Wi-Fi issues. The charts below represent the distribution of tests associated with each provider from low to high.
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See the chart below for annual reporting on fibre build rates in the Bristol area. Availability is based on population in postcodes marked as served by Ofcom Connected Nations reports, according to the most recent census.
|1,000+ Mbps||300+ Mbps||30+ Mbps|
of people living in Bristol can obtain to 1,000+ Mbps broadband speeds
of Bristol residents can get 300+ Mbps internet service
Superfast 30+ Mbps Broadband
availability in Bristol
Poor Broadband Speeds
of Bristol is limited to broadband speeds under 30 Mbps
|Year||Bristol Average||United Kingdom Average||Difference|
|2018||25.1 Mbps||26.27 Mbps||4.45% Slower|
|2019||31.98 Mbps||30.63 Mbps||4.41% Faster|
|2020||107.44 Mbps||80.31 Mbps||33.78% Faster|
|2021||78.5 Mbps||66.05 Mbps||18.85% Faster|
|Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range|
|Internet Speed Range||Bristol||United Kingdom|
|Very Slow: under 10 Mbps||24.23%||19.92%|
|Slow: 10-30 Mbps||26.28%||25.74%|
|Adequate: 30-60 Mbps||18.81%||25.20%|
|Good: 60-80 Mbps||7.68%||10.20%|
|Fast: 80-300 Mbps||18.86%||15.33%|
|Very Fast: over 300 Mbps||4.15%||3.60%|
|City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|Greater London||5794.21 Mbps||33.02—95.86 Mbps||45.54 Mbps||Faster|
|Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.35—109.9 Mbps||42.28 Mbps||-|
|Birmingham||941.32 Mbps||29.29—107 Mbps||38.47 Mbps||Slower|
|Liverpool||1134.53 Mbps||25.52—89.6 Mbps||34.58 Mbps||Slower|
|Nottingham||2371.49 Mbps||16.2—40.46 Mbps||19.1 Mbps||Slower|
|Sheffield||932.42 Mbps||23.73—68.81 Mbps||32.06 Mbps||Slower|
|Glasgow||913.93 Mbps||20.58—71.34 Mbps||32 Mbps||Slower|
|Leicester||935.89 Mbps||27.45—99.24 Mbps||37 Mbps||Slower|
|Edinburgh||874.24 Mbps||29.96—107.47 Mbps||38.02 Mbps||Slower|
We class broadband speed distributions as follows: very slow under 10 Mbps; slow 10-30 Mbps; adequate 30-60 Mbps; good 60-80 Mbps; fast 80-300 Mbps; very fast over 300 Mbps.
|Position||City / Town||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range||Median|
|1||Bristol||943.13 Mbps||30.35—109.9 Mbps||42.28 Mbps||-|
We analysed the results of people in Bristol testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Bristol ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Bristol resident's final test is 10% faster than their starting download speed, we count that as a succesful and faster speed test result. We count an unsuccessful, slower result if the final result is 10% slower than the starting result; we'd hope their ISP contacts them ASAP! For broadband speed tests that don't vary by that much, we consider the final result to be the same. For Bristol's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 43.54% were fast, 25.9% slow, and 30.57% broadly the same.
|Provider||Start Time||# Tests||Duration||Start Speed||End Speed||Status|
|EE||18 Jan 2022 23:11:38||2||49 secs||7.19 Mbps||7.5 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:37:03||2||4 mins||175.77 Mbps||184.48 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:39:30||2||59 secs||44.26 Mbps||3.35 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 22:02:38||9||10 mins||107.29 Mbps||23.58 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:49:43||2||22 mins||20.44 Mbps||7.4 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:20:26||9||34 mins||9.57 Mbps||93.74 Mbps||Improved|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 21:28:35||2||24 mins||65.79 Mbps||57.48 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:25:08||3||16 mins||359.14 Mbps||356.5 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:38:53||2||23 secs||5.55 Mbps||8.9 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:36:13||3||43 secs||183.18 Mbps||192.11 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:30:22||3||3 mins||933.07 Mbps||930.12 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:06:36||2||24 mins||53.38 Mbps||187.06 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:23:05||2||62 secs||72.42 Mbps||86.46 Mbps||Improved|
|Vodafone||18 Jan 2022 21:18:20||3||5 mins||5.97 Mbps||7.53 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:14:05||3||8 mins||21.23 Mbps||28.94 Mbps||Improved|
|Plusnet||18 Jan 2022 21:12:56||2||6 mins||5.73 Mbps||6.11 Mbps||Needs help, very slow|
|Vodafone||18 Jan 2022 21:18:51||2||28 secs||36.89 Mbps||36.78 Mbps|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:17:44||2||37 secs||156.34 Mbps||184 Mbps||Improved|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 20:56:29||8||21 mins||197.9 Mbps||176.43 Mbps||Needs help|
|Virgin Media||18 Jan 2022 21:14:42||3||3 mins||500.13 Mbps||500.27 Mbps|
|#||Provider Name||Max Speed||Typical Speed Range|
|1||FibreNest||478.24 Mbps||118.7—448.33 Mbps|
|2||Spectrum Internet||935.13 Mbps||190.37—242.07 Mbps|
|3||Glide||941.78 Mbps||57.34—237.61 Mbps|
|4||Hyperoptic||903.45 Mbps||59.96—235.67 Mbps|
|5||Virgin Media||943.13 Mbps||45.5—175.77 Mbps|
|6||CIX||741.34 Mbps||23.46—124.09 Mbps|
|7||BT||940.39 Mbps||34.41—101.58 Mbps|
|8||Gigaclear||315.1 Mbps||46.94—99.96 Mbps|
|9||Zen Internet||893.71 Mbps||39.48—93.26 Mbps|
|10||Vodafone||938.56 Mbps||29.95—66.78 Mbps|
|11||Independent Fibre Networks||363.53 Mbps||36.07—84.97 Mbps|
|12||TrueSpeed Communications||198.81 Mbps||14.21—80.44 Mbps|
|13||EE||884.01 Mbps||14.63—56.18 Mbps|
|14||TalkTalk||704.37 Mbps||21.34—50.99 Mbps|
|15||KCOM||892.7 Mbps||6.85—54.44 Mbps|
|16||iDNET||60.58 Mbps||20.63—50.53 Mbps|
|17||Sky Broadband||510.87 Mbps||14.37—51.25 Mbps|
|18||Andrews & Arnold||39.82 Mbps||13.14—31.28 Mbps|
|19||Plusnet||74.73 Mbps||10.23—35.33 Mbps|
|20||Gradwell||43.14 Mbps||1.44—8.1 Mbps|
|21||Shell Energy||73.71 Mbps||6.99—23.87 Mbps|
Bristol has 21 ISPs tested by its 463,405 residents.
Spectrum Internet is the fastest broadband provider in Bristol with 935.13 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 190.37—242.07 Mbps.
The best internet provider in Bristol is FibreNest, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 118.7 to 448.33 Mbps.
Users in Bristol see an average internet speed of 30.35 up to 400 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 943.13 Mbps.
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Bristol, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 943.13 Mbps.
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Bristol, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 510.87 Mbps.
Broadband service from Vodafone is available in Bristol, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 938.56 Mbps.
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 6074 of Bristol's postcodes.
The broadband provider with the most users in Bristol is Virgin Media.
Author: Thomas Buck
Last Reviewed By: Tyler Cooper
Published: 10 Nov 2019
Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022